Brooks College of Health
Dr. James Churilla, with previous thesis student Bethany Rand from the MSH in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease program, published a manuscript titled “Diabetes Risk Status and Physical Activity in Pregnancy: U.S. BRFSS 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017” in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Rand is now pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. Churilla also published two manuscripts with a colleague from California Baptist University; “Leisure-Time Aerobic Physical Activity and the Risk of Diabetes-Related Mortality: An Analysis of Effect Modification by Race-Ethnicity” was published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications; and “The Independent and Combined Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity and Muscular Strengthening Activity on All-Cause Mortality: An Analysis of Effect Modification by Race-Ethnicity” was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
Dr. Helene Vossos, with M. Reeder, published “Feed American's Kids. Strengthen supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP)” in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, November 2020. Article in Press.
Coggin College of Business
Dr. Sharon Cobb, professor of economics and geography, presented “Post-Pandemic and Post-Brexit considerations for Financial Services” at the Virtual Conference of the 75th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers (SEDAAG), November. Based on the virtual presentation, she was invited to contribute a chapter to an interdisciplinary and international book on the causes and impacts of the coronavirus on populations, economies, politics, institutions and environments called "COVID-19 and an Emerging World of Ad Hoc Geographies," Springer, forthcoming, March 2021. The chapter's focus will be on COVID in “Small islands: Isle of Man Case study.” In addition, Cobb was a judge for SEDAAG's Undergraduate Student Poster Competition for Economic and Physical Geography.
Diane Denslow, instructor of management, received a grant through the UNF MVRC from Veterans FL, a nonprofit created by the State of Florida to provide programs to teach military veterans how to start and grow businesses. With the assistance of Dr. Martin Luytjes, an eight-week Start-up Cohort was completed in November. A Growth Cohort will be held during the spring term.
Dr. Natalie A. Mitchell, marketing instructor, gave a talk titled “Cyber Safety: Managing Your Personal Identity” for the Jacksonville Urban League’s Crime Prevention workshop, Oct. 31. Mitchell also served on a panel titled “UGA Vs. UF Girl Fandom” for “She: The #1 Fan” documentary, Oct. 31.
Dr. Robert Renn, assistant professor of management, partnered with the Truist Leadership Institute, Greensboro, North Carolina, to have Coggin host the Fall 2020 Emerging Leaders Certification Program for 21 UNF undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, with co-author Dr. Tobias Huning, Renn was awarded the 2020 Literati Award for most Highly Commended Paper by Emerald Publishing Company for the article, “External Career Mentoring and Mentor Turnover Intentions: Role of Mentor Work Engagement, Satisfaction with Protege, and Meeting Frequency” published in Evidence-based HRM (2019) Vol. 7(3) pp. 342-356.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art, Art History and Design
Stephen Heywood, M.F.A., professor of ceramics, participated in the Invitational Group Exhibition “The Vessel, Variations of Form and Surface” at the Art Link Contemporary Gallery, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Jenny Hager, M.F.A, professor of sculpture, will have an upcoming exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville.
Eli Beal, M.S., biology visiting lecturer, published an article titled “Alligators in the big city: spatial ecology of American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) at multiple scales across an urban landscape” in the Scientific Reports - Volume 10, Article number 16575, October.
Dr. Candice Tahimic, assistant professor of biology, was invited to share her thoughts on the future of rodent research in space at the Decadal Survey Virtual Townhall Talks hosted by the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. The Townhall Talks aim to engage the space research community to identify priority areas for the next decade of spaceflight research. Hear the talk online. In addition, Tahimic co-authored a recently published research article titled “Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio: A Biomarker to Monitor the Immune Status of Astronauts” in Frontiers in Immunology, Vol. 11, Article 564950, November 2020.
Marcus Pactor, M.F.A, associate English instructor, published the short story “Megaberry Crunch” in Juked, October.
Dr. Charles Closmann, associate professor of history, presented the “Report for the General Public," from the 2020 River Report: State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin, Florida, Oct. 22, for WJCT.
Dr. N. Harry Rothschild, professor of history, presented a paper in late October at the virtual Southeast Early China Roundtable conference: “Flower Power: The Development of the Cult of the Chrysanthemum in Seventh-Century East Asia.” Rothschild also received a $1,500 grant from the Tang Studies Society to support his research project on Wu Zhao’s 武曌(Wu Zetian’s 武則天) management and manipulation of time.
Philosophy and Religion Studies
Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams, Florida Blue Distinguished Professor, with specialties in ethics, feminist philosophy and critical existential phenomenology, was interviewed on the podcast Your Parenting Mojo episode 123 “Maternal Ambivalence: What it is and what to do about it,” October. Listen to the interview on the parenting podcast.
Dr. Bert Koegler, professor of philosophy, published the guest editor's introduction as well as the essay “Tradition, Transcendence, and the Public Sphere: A Hermeneutic Critique of Religion” in the special issue: “Reconceiving Religion in the Postsecular Public Sphere,” Berlin Journal of Critical Theory (BJCT), Vol. 4, 2, 2020, 107-146, July 2020.
Dr. Nirmal Patel, associate lecturer in physics, was issued a U.S. patent USPTO Patent 10,823,690, "Nanocrystalline Indium Tin Oxide Sensors and Associated Method of Use,” Nov. 3. This is Patel's third patent as a lead inventor.
Dr. Lifan Yu, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a journal article titled “Trauma and Healing in the Under-Served Populations of Homelessness and Corrections: Forgiveness Therapy as an Added Component to Intervention,” in press, Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, October.
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, assistant professor of sociology, in collaboration with her undergraduate students Caroline Howard, Shira Diamond and Allison Parker, presented “Scaling the Stonewall: Program Evaluation of the UNF Gender Inclusive Housing Community” at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Meeting, October. Also, Barringer was an invited panelist for the discussion on the “Southern LGBT Experience” at the Mid-South Sociological Association Annual Meeting, October.
Dr. Rosa de Jorio, professor of anthropology, published an article titled “Of Rumors and Transfers: The Short Life of Western-Educated Women’s Associations in French Sudan, 1955–1960,” Kritisk Etnografi: Swedish Journal of Anthropology 3 (1): 63-82.
Dr. Jacqueline Meier, assistant professor of anthropology, in collaboration with her colleague Dr. Reuven Yeshurun, published an article titled “Contextual taphonomy for zooarchaeology: theory, practice and select Levantine case studies” in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, V.34, Part A, October.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Dr. Raf Crowley, associate professor in civil engineering – TERI, with W. Cottrell and A. Singleton,* published “An examination of the dependency between maximum equilibrium scour depth and the grain size/structure size ratio,” in Water, DOI: 10.3390/w12113117. In addition, Crowley, with A. Chek,* T.N. Ellis, M. Durnin,* and B. Wingender, published “An evaluation of factors affecting erodibility improvement for MICP-treated beach sand” in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002481, 2020.
Dr. Jonghoon Kim, assistant professor in construction management, received a $16,000 research fund from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) as a PI. Kim also published three papers. With H. Naganathan, O. Chong and A.D. Sauer, Kim published “Qualitative Analysis of Sustainable Indicators: An Approach to Correlate Sustainable Indicators with Transportation Practices” in the Global Journal of Research In Engineering, 2020. With T. Kang, S. Patil, K. Kang and D. Koo, Kim published “Rule-Based Scan-to-BIM Mapping Pipeline in the Plumbing System,” in Applied Sciences, 2020, 10(21), 7422. And with K. Kang, D. Chen, C. Peng, D. Koo and T. Kang, Kim published “Development of an Automated Visibility Analysis Framework for Pavement Markings Based on the Deep Learning Approach” in Remote Sens. 2020, 12(22), 3837.
Dr. Don Resio, TERI, received a $75,000 research project from DHS to develop a new wave model that can run much more efficiently than the current model with equal or better accuracy. Also, Resio was made a "Fellow" in the Americal Geophysical Union (established in 1919 by the National Research Council).
Dr. Stephen Stagon, associate professor in mechanical engineering, was issued a patent, U.S. 10,828,816 B1, 3D Printed Injection Mold Coating to Extend Lifetime and Performance, with Peter Cerreta and Ryan Scherzer.
College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Laura L. Boilini, clinical assistant professor and program director, Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management, contributed to the LGBTQ Center’s art exhibit in the town center, ArtSee & Shop. This event offered the UNF LGBTQ Center a unique opportunity to engage with our local community. The Hines company, which owns The Market at Town Center, values diversity and inclusion, and our group partnership with the Jacksonville Cultural Council is the first of its kind. To demonstrate their commitment, Hines has funded the gallery space where works will be sold throughout November and December.
Find more details about the ArtSee & Shop at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville website, read a UNF article, or contact: Suzanne Story, LGBTQ Center.
Dr. Nicholas Eastham, coordinator in Academic Support Services and STEP Lab Facilitator, and Dr. Terry Cavanaugh, professor, Fulbright Specialist, Educational Technology, Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management, published “Pre-Service Teachers 3D Print Selections  in the SITE 2020 Proceedings,” via LearnTechLib — The Learning and Technology Library, a nonprofit serving the Learning professionals community. The article is available online.
Dr. Mark Halley, NIC, assistant professor, Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education, had a book chapter published. Learn more about the publication.
Latrina Patrick is now the Program Manager for Project InTERSECT, our new $4 million USDOE Grant. You can reach out via email at email@example.com until she receives her UNF email address.
Dr. Hope E. (Bess) Wilson, associate professor and faculty assessment coordinator, graduate program director, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, is an author on the article “A call to reframe gifted education as maximizing learning,” in the Phi Delta Kappan professional journal for educators. Read the article on gifted education.
Hicks Honors College
Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain, dean of the College, has been accepted as one of 21 candidates in our inaugural Faculty Innovation Fellows program. This work builds on his role as Faculty Champion of UNF's student University Innovation Fellows, a program of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. In this two-year program, educators from across the globe work to design unique projects that enhance the innovation ecosystems at their schools and help students gain vital real-world skills and mindsets. The cohort will work together as a community of practice, meeting regularly, sharing strategies, and supporting one another to make measurable progress on their projects.
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Student Outreach Librarian Maria Atilano presented at and served as past conference chair for the 6th Annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference. The virtual Conference took place Nov. 4-6 and included nine concurrent sessions and three roundtable sessions attended by 260 national and international librarians and marketers.
Librarians Adam Chalmers, Paul Mosley and Victoria Rocanelli presented “Moving Forward with Tipasa at the University of North Florida” at the Florida Library Association 2020 conference.
Susan Swiatosz, head of Special Collections and University Archives; Clayton McCarl, associate professor of Spanish and digital humanities; Felicia Bevel, assistant professor of history; Carol Hemmingway, history and Spanish student; and Keith Simmons, communications director, Florida Humanities; presented at the 2020 Virtual National Humanities Conference, Nov. 10. Their roundtable discussion was titled “Editing the Earth M. M. White Collection as a Model for Collaboration Among Students and Faculty at UNF.”